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All Your Base Are Belong to Us (Belated MLK Day ‘White Supremacy’ Edition)

Posted on | October 24, 2022 | 2 Comments

Say hello to Jessica Schwinn, a candidate for school board in Minnesota’s Centennial School District in Anoka County, a suburb of Minneapolis. A few days before MLK Day this year, she uploaded a video to TikTok in which she “suggested white people who quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are racist and accused them of advocating for white supremacy”:

The text introducing the video reads: “ATTN: white people: Family meeting time. How are we going to call out our ‘cousins’ who misrepresent and/or misconstrue Dr. Martin Luther King’s words and memory on Monday?”
The video, which is just over a minute long, opens with Schwinn saying, “Hey white people, yeah, you. You’re white.” . . .
In the TikTok video, Schwinn says to white people, “We need to have a little chat. So Monday there’s about to be a lot of wild tweets and wild posts quoting Dr. Martin Luther King and the people who are posting these are … mmm … not informed and racist and trying to uphold white supremacy.”
She encouraged others to join her in “calling out” other white people who quote King.
“So it is on us, as white people, to call out our cousins, fellow white people … call ’em out … call ’em out,” Schwinn says in the video.
She concludes the video by saying, “We [white people] cannot put this on people of color and black people. It’s not on them. It’s our turn. We need to take this on. We need to call out … call them out. And we’ll be busy on Monday but it’s what we need to do.”

Do progressives not realize how tired people are of this stuff? Like, do you need a lecture about “white supremacy” from Jessica Schwinn (or anyone else, for that matter)? Where is the evidence that Ms. Schwinn is our moral superior in this regard? And while we’re at it, how much of a “white supremacy” problem is there in Anoka County, Minnesota?

Questions like this could be multiplied almost infinitely, whenever any white person appoints themselves as a sort of civil-rights hall monitor, claiming the authority to judge other white people on their alleged failings vis-à-vis racial equality. There is not, so far as I am aware, any widespread agreement on what credentials are required for this sort of Civil Rights Hall Monitor gig, but “progressives” generally think they’re so damned much better than the rest of us, and never expect to be asked to justify their standing as moral arbiters. Because, of course, if you object to their lectures, they regard your objections as proof that you are “racist and trying to uphold white supremacy.”

It’s Kafkatrapping all the way down, you see.

The bottom line is this: I plead not guilty, your honor.

My knee wasn’t on George Floyd’s neck, nor did I shoot Breonna Taylor, and any self-appointed “progressive” Civil Rights Hall Monitor looking to guilt-trip white people for their alleged complicity in racial oppression had better look somewhere else, because I ain’t oppressed nobody.

Is it possible that I have offended some people? Sure, my habitual sarcasm is more or less intentionally offensive, but hurt feelings are not synonymous with oppression. If the worst problem you’ve got is “emotional trauma” caused by something I said, congratulations — you’re doing better than me. You don’t even want to know about my problems, so just take your little Civil Rights Hall Monitor act somewhere else. To quote Travis Tritt: “Here’s a quarter. Call someone who cares.”

Anyway, to explain the perhaps-too-cryptic headline: “All your base are belong to us,” is a meme that came out of Something Awful forums nearly 20 years ago. It derives from a badly translated Japanese video game, the same game that produced the phrase “somebody set up us the bomb,” which Ed Driscoll used as the tagline to link this story, without bothering to explain it. Because some of y’all kids may not get the joke, these phrases are deployed to suggest that the rhetoric used by one’s online antagonist is incoherent, and/or that they are not in touch with reality.

Zero Wing CATS could not be reached for comment.



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